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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Navy Lodge Great Lakes

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Navy Lodge Great Lakes

Time: January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014
Location: Navy Lodge Great Lakes
Street: 2500 Meridian Dr
City/Town: Great Lakes, IL
Website or Map:
Phone: 847-689-1485
Event Type: lodging
Organized By: beverly
Latest Activity: Oct 11, 2017

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Comment by Ladyrocker on May 1, 2014 at 9:35am

just wondering if the above information still applies to up coming PIR dates ...Not sure when my son's is but I know it is either June 13th or June 20th. If someone could please let me know if this info is still the same and I can call to book my hotel reservations I would greatly appreciate it.

Happy Thursday SR's and all their familys

Comment by libbyp69 on February 27, 2014 at 12:48pm

Thanks Beverly=)

Comment by beverly on February 27, 2014 at 12:01pm

The average stay for guest attending the graudation is 3 days.  There are many variables in deciding how long you want to stay in our area.  One is: will your Recruit leave for his or her new duty station on the next day or will the Recruit remain at Naval Station Great Lakes.  Or, do you plan to make your visit here a mini vacation. One thing about Navy Lodge, we only charge for the days that you stay with us.  So, if you make a 3 day reservation, if you check out by noon on the second day, you will only be charge for 2 days.

Comment by Erauka2 on February 23, 2014 at 9:01am
Just book my room for 3/28/14
Comment by beverly on February 21, 2014 at 11:34am

You may book reservationson line at or call the toll free number at 1-800-NAVYINN (800-628-9466).  You may also call the Lodge direct at 1-847-689-1485.

Comment by bagsmom on February 21, 2014 at 12:00am
Yeah!!!!! Booked for PIR 4-4-2014. Can't wait to see our Son!,
Comment by Damaris on February 20, 2014 at 10:19pm
My son graduates on March 21st!! Staying at the Navy lodge I'm so excited.. It's been two weeks I haven't heard from my only son.. What a hard transition it's been for my husband and I. And for my son!! But he is determine to make us proud!! Which I already was!! ;) soooo excited
Comment by 1gone2sea on February 20, 2014 at 3:50pm

anyone graduating on 28 Feb that I could ride to the meet and greet from the Navy Lodge with?

Comment by libbyp69 on February 19, 2014 at 2:29am

Can I please get the info for the Navy Lodge please so I can booked for 3/28/14

Comment by aznavymom44 on February 13, 2014 at 6:00pm

Booked our room at the Navy Lodge for PIR 4/4/14.  I cannot wait either.  So excited!  I have heard really good things.

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